Published On: Wed, Sep 28th, 2016

Heyliger lost a quarter of his voter-support

GREAT BAY – The United People’s party may have become the largest party in Monday’s elections, but its party-leader Theo Heyliger suffered a personal defeat at the hands of the voters. He lost more than 25 percent of his voter-support, as the table with this article shows.

The best performer in the elections was DP-Minister Emil Lee, who outvoted his party leader Sarah Wescot-Williams by more than 200 votes and saw his performance in office rewarded with 667 votes – 134 percent more than the votes he won in his inaugural elections in 2014.

One may well wonder about the effect of the new parties on this election. Though they did not win a single seat, between them they won 1,700 votes, more than enough for one seat and probably good for two. The Christian Party was the best performer with 846 votes, just short of the quota of 966 to win a seat.

What else does our vote comparison show? If we take a closer look at the ship jumpers of 2014 – Leona Marlin-Romeo, Cornelius de Weever, Silvio Matser and Maurice Lake – we see that the electorate did not appreciate their shenanigans. Matser lost 30 percent of his support, Maurice Lake 25.5 and Marlin-Romeo 22. Cornelius de Weever took the biggest hit: he saw 57.9 percent of his support evaporate, dropping from 378 to just 159 votes.

For Maria Buncamper-Molanus, her second attempt at a return to politics failed as well. Bogged down by a criminal conviction for tax fraud and forgery, the former minister of public health tumbled from the 204 votes that were just not enough to capture a seat to 156 – a loss of 23.5 percent. With those votes she did not even come near a seat this time around.

Cornelius de Weever is the biggest loser!

Of the twenty candidates we used for the vote comparison, only six did better than in 2014; the other fourteen all lost voter support – from 0.7 percent up to De Weever’s disastrous tumble of 57.9 percent.

Candidate Party Par2014 Par2016 “+ / -“ Percent
Theo Heyliger UP 1925 1426 -499 -25.9
Silveria Jacobs NA 973 778 -195 -20.0
William Marlin NA 735 775 40 5.4
Emil Lee DP 285 667 382 134.0
Franklin Meyers UP 614 610 -4 -0.7
Frans Richardson USp 722 488 -234 -32.4
Sarah Wescot-Williams DP 695 444 -251 -36.1
Silvio Matser UP/USp 498 347 -151 -30.3
Christophe Emmanuel NA 246 258 12 4.9
Maurice Lake UP/USp 310 231 -79 -25.5
Louie Laveist NA 185 219 34 18.4
Rodolphe Samuel NA 243 211 -32 -13.2
Jules James UP 199 207 8 4.0
Leona Marlin-Romeo USp/UP 245 191 -54 -22.0
Romeo Pantophlet NA 206 179 -27 -13.1
George Pantophlet NA 394 178 -216 -54.8
Dr. Lloyd Richardson UP 275 163 -112 -40.7
Cornelius de Weever DP/UP 378 159 -219 -57.9
Maria Buncamper-Molanus Usp 204 156 -48 -23.5
Perry Geerlings DP 129 146 17 13.2